By Jonny Stapleton
Just minutes after buckling the Commonwealth super bantamweight title around his waist in the Odyssey Arena last Saturday night Carl Frampton claimed there is room on his mantle piece for more boxing silverware.
The ‘Jackal’ devoured Ozzy Mark Quon within four rounds of their title dust up and registered the kind of sensational display that will ensure a host of people join Barry McGuigan and Gerry Storey in predicting future world honours for the Belfast man.
Indeed, despite collecting the Commonwealth title in just his eleventh fight Frampton wasn’t overly keen to bask in deserved glory.
The Barry McGuigan mentored fighter, who registered his 1:11 fourth round knock out in front of English hyped star Scott Quigg, kept one eye on the future and said he would use the belt to help secure big fights and more honours.
In a testament to the confidence the hot prospect and soon to be contender has in his ability Frampton highlighted the prestigious strap’s pulling power as one of the best things about becoming champ.
The ‘Belfast Boy’, who believes he can reach world level in 18 months, thinks the title will tempt a higher calibre of fighter to risk fighting him, and he couldn’t be more pleased.
“To be Commonwealth champion after just 11 fights is unbelievable,” Frampton beamed.
“We have the title now so that give us a bit of clout and hopefully it will help us get the big fights. Whoever wants to come try take it off me is more than welcome. I would love to fight with Kiko Martinez. I want big fights. Scott Quigg was here tonight and he said if he beats Jason Booth for the British title he would like a fight with me. Well I have been saying I want a fight with him for a long time. If keeps to his word that would be great. Put both titles on the line. Fair play to Mark he came in tonight where others turned it down.”
Frampton cut a focused and somewhat aggrieved figure in the build up to the fight, probably smarting after his European title fight with Kiko Martinez fell through.
As a result some were predicting Quon would feel the wrath of a disgruntled Belfast man, but after feeling the pressure on his SKY Sports debut the Gerry Storey trained fighter made a conscious effort to be relaxed in his Commonwealth title fight.
The real Carl Frampton was display and he hopes some of his recent detractors took note.
“I was relaxed in all my fights bar my last fight apart from my last one. I have always been relaxed and it was always going to be the case in this fight. I will never make that mistake again. There are a few people who jump on the band wagon and put you down when they think you are not at your best. It was nice to put on a show and prove some people wrong. This occasion was massive. Fighting in front of that type of crowd was what I dreamed of since in was a little boy.”